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Improving student outcomes with excellence, equity, and efficiency.

The High Desert Education Service District (HDESD) links school districts in Central Oregon to state and national education resources. Our programs help districts minimize duplication of services, preserve their local budgets and receive special programs that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

What types of services do we provide?

We work with our region’s school districts and community partners to provide services for students, families, and educators in these four main categories:

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Children with Special Needs

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School Improvement


Administrative Services


Information Services

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Our Vision

Be a state leader in providing quality services to schools, children and families

Our Mission

Improve student outcomes with Excellence, Equity and Efficiency

Our Motto

Together, Engaging Students to Succeed

Latest News

We have the most incredible Board members!

We have the most incredible Board members!

Photo left to right: Peggy Kinkade, Matt McGowan, Seana Barry, Bob Moore, Carol Moorehead, Elizabeth Sanchez, Gwen Carr, Betsy Julian and Carlos Perez January is Board Appreciation Month. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to each of our board members for...

Central Oregon community agencies say YES to outdoor programs for kids

Central Oregon community agencies say YES to outdoor programs for kids

Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests team up with Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and 10 local agencies to engage youth during difficult times While 2020 was a particularly challenging year for many -- especially youth -- there were a few bright spots in Central...

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Students are Oregon’s greatest natural resource, and we must invest in their education. High Desert ESD is keeping the Promise of Oregon. To learn more, visit:

The Oregon School Boards Association, a member services organization based in Salem, founded “The Promise of Oregon” campaign in 2014 to focus attention on the accomplishments of Oregon’s kindergarten-14 students and the need to adequately fund public education.

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SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement officers to report and respond to student safety threats.

Call or Text: 844-472-3367

What types of services do we provide?

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Services for Children with Special Needs

We partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.

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School Improvement Services

We provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortia, grant projects, and student programs.

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Administrative Services

We support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.

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Information Services

We offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.

HDESD will reopen programs to in-person learning this fall

Dear HDESD families, partners and neighbors,

We are excited to announce that the High Desert Education School District expects to fully reopen programs to in-person learning starting this fall. We are working closely with our team, our board of directors and our partner school districts to plan for a successful school year which includes COVID-19 safety and mitigation measures. We will also continue our ongoing partnerships with local public health officials to help ensure the safety of our students, staff, families and communities.

For more information about health and safety, equity, and mental health supports, please visit the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year.

Our Central Oregon School District Partners

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We also partner with:

  • Jefferson County 509J School District
  • Black Butte School District
  • Culver School District
  • North Central Counties School District
  • Harney Education Service District


  • Jefferson Education Service District
  • Grant Education Service District
  • Lake Education Service District
  • Southern Oregon Education Service District
  • Umatilla/Morrow Education Service District